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Paris Photo 2004: more international than ever Paris Photo, the world's leading venue for vintage, modern and contemporary photography, will celebrate its 8th year by hosting 105 photography dealers from 16 countries. The selection of exhibitors for 2004 will be more international than ever with the largest participation of foreign galleries since the creation of the fair. Over 70% of the exhibiting galleries (74 galleries) are based outside France. In particular, there is a strong increase in participation by galleries from the United States (17 galleries), followed by Germany (15 galleries) and the United Kingdom (10 galleries). This year Paris Photo 2004 welcomes galleries from two new countries : Iran and Italy.

Contemporary photography: a significant focus Contemporary photography will play an important role at Paris Photo this year. The majority of the 31 galleries who are exhibiting at the fair for the first time specialize in contemporary art. Distinguished newcomers include Charles Cowles, Gitterman, Yossi Milo and Marvelli galleries, all from New York; Sfeir Semler (Hamburg) and Conrads (Dusseldorf); Isabella Brancolini (Florence) and Photo & Contemporary (Turin); Fernando Pradilla and Estiarte (both in Madrid), and Scout Gallery (London), in addition to the 8 Swiss galleries exhibiting in the fair's Statement section.

Guest of honour: Switzerland In its annual Statement exhibition, Paris Photo celebrates the work of emerging photographers from a specific country. Statement 2004 will feature new work from Switzerland, with 8 Swiss galleries presenting solo shows by Swiss artists whose practice includes photography: John M Armleder , Erik Dettwiler, Thomas Flechtner ,Régis Golay, Laurence Huber, Claudio Moser; Nathalie Rebholz and Jules Spinatsch. To complete the program on Swiss art at Paris Photo, The on-site Project Room will feature screenings of contemporary Swiss videos throughout the fair. Statement Switzerland has been made possible thanks to support from the Centre Culturel Suisse in Paris and Présence Suisse.

Museum exhibition: Fotomuseum Winterthur To complement the Statement section, Paris Photo will mount a special exhibition of highlights from the collection of the Fotomuseum Winterthur to reinforce the role that Swiss art and collections have played in the development of modern and contemporary photography. Presented outside Switzerland for the first time, the selection of 29 artists like Robert Frank, Paul Graham, Vanessa Beecroft, Thomas Ruff, Lewis Baltz and others will showcase the Museum's collection and provide an overview of important photography from 1960s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

New Photography Prize: Prix BMW-Paris Photo To celebrate and foster contemporary photography, Paris Photo and BMW will inaugurate a new photography prize at this year's fair: the Prix BMW- Paris Photo. Granted to a talented contemporary photographer exhibiting at Paris Photo, the award will be given to one artist selected from 50 short-listed artists by a prestigious jury of experts and collectors. The prize will be accompanied by a cash award of 12,000 Euros (approximately $15,000 USD.)

Paris in November: the world's capital of photography Throughout the month of November, Paris will celebrate photography with a series of events and exhibitions through its biennial citywide festival Mois de la Photo. More than 70 international photography exhibitions will be on view at museums and galleries throughout Paris (for details see

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8. [Paris Photo] 2004 - The world's leading photography fair
Internationale Messe für moderne und zeitgenössische Fotografie und Fotografie des 19. Jh.
Ehrengast: Schweiz

COLD PLAY Set 1 / Fotomuseum Winterthur
mit Nobuyoshi Araki, Lewis Baltz, Tina Barney, Vanessa Beecroft, Richard Billingham, Daniele Buetti, Larry Clark, Clegg & Guttmann, Hans Danuser, Nicolas Faure, Robert Frank, Katrin Freisager, Paul Graham, Annika von Hausswolff, Anthony Hernandez, Felix Stephan Huber, Peter Hujar, Claudio Moser, Liza May Post, Thomas Ruff, Seiichi Furuya, Günther Selichar, Jules Spinatsch, Georges Tony Stoll, Frank Thiel, Willy von Heekern ...